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5 Times I disagreed with the Fortnite competitive community

The Fortnite competitive community speaks with the loudest voice in the game, but that doesn’t mean their takes are unanimous. Here are five times I disagreed with the mainstream Fortnite competitive opinions.



The Fortnite competitive community speaks with the loudest voice in the game, but that doesn’t mean their takes are unanimous. Here are five times I disagreed with the mainstream Fortnite competitive opinions.

Hello! I’m Jimmy, the newest edition to the Fortnite Intel team. I figured I’d get things started with a few hot takes about the game we all love – and sometimes love to hate.

A little about my history with Fortnite: I’m a day-one Xbox player. My buddy and I were so enamored by PUBG that we couldn’t wait for it to come to console. We were counting the days when this new free-to-play Battle Royale came out called Fortnite. Since PUBG was still months away from making its console debut, we loaded in and tried it out.

I was hooked after one game and have been playing ever since. I took a few breaks for Blackout, Apex, and my annual love-hate relationship with Madden, but all roads lead back to Fortnite.

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I’ve played Fortnite for longer than I’ve played any other game. I hate it sometimes just like everyone else, but no other game can provide the consistent satisfaction that Fortnite has.

Now, onto my hot takes. I’m not a competitive player. I climb in Arena until I hit Champion’s League and then stop playing. My K/D is pedestrian and I still have problems with consistently hitting my 90’s. 

I’d classify myself as an average hardcore player. I’m far better than “casuals” but will get bodied by people who practice more than I do. I’m an evening warrior, just like a lot of other players who have stuck with the game for as long as I have.

The loudest voice in any game is always going to be the competitive community. They care the most, post the most, complain the most, and play the most. Streamers and posters on the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit largely speak for the rest of the community, which is usually a good thing.

Sometimes, though, there is a disconnect between the loudest voices in the game and what’s actually happening. This has never been more evident than the return of the Drum Gun.

If you visited the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit, you’d think that everyone hated the weapon. Why, then, did it win the popular vote during the Unvaulting Event? It’s because the competitive community doesn’t speak for everyone. They might be out of touch with what the rest of the “pub players” actually enjoy.

With that in mind, here are five times I’ve disagreed with the general consensus of the Fortnite competitive community.

The Combat Shotgun

The Combat Shotgun (Epic Games)

This is probably going to be a controversial one: I miss the Combat Shotgun.

The competitive community hated the Combat Shotgun when it was in the game – at least based on the opinions of many Fortnite pros and frequent posters to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit.

Competitive players complained that the Combat decreased the skill gap. The lighting-fast rate-of-fire limited the effectiveness of things like edit switching, blocking, and even the ability to consistently hit your shots.

The Combat was the best-in-slot shotgun by a mile. Sure, the Pump could one-shot, but that didn’t matter much when an opponent with a Combat could get three or four shots off by the time you were ready to take your second.

I recognize all of this, and I still loved it. The Combat was just fun to use. As much as I dislike Desert Zone wars, it makes me miss the Combat even more.

I recognize the downsides of the weapon and agree that it was overpowered. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to use it again.

Skill-Based Matchmaking

When Epic first announced skill-based matchmaking (SBMM), I was all for it. It would give skilled players more competition and limit Epic’s incentive to add overpowered noob-machines like the BRUTE.

Good players would match with one another and bad players could get better with their bot-filled lobbies. It’s a win-win, right?

Well, after a week or so of SBMM, I’m ready to say that I don’t like it. I see why it was implemented and agree that it might be the lesser of two evils, but I think it’s bad for the long-term success of the game.

I’m far from a Fortnite God. I still Harry Potter myself on 90’s and miss wide-open sniper shots. Still, I’m in the top 0.8% of wins on Fortnite, top 6% in K/D, top 2.2% in win ratio, and top 3.6% in kills. You can take a look at my stats here – I’m an open book.

There are a lot of people above me in skill, but even more below me. Epic has only implemented SBMM for Solos right now, and I can say that the game has gotten quite a bit harder for me. I’ll still outplay a few people in the lobby, but now I’m frequently running into someone who is far better than I am and dying.

Everyone likes dominating, and no one likes feeling like they’re far above their skill level. This may have been what a lot of below-average players were experiencing, but – in all honesty – I don’t think they care as much about winning as I do.

In Apex Legends – a game I play very casually – I don’t rage too hard when I die. I’m happy enough to queue into my next game and easily forget about the past.

In Fortnite, winning is everything. I don’t care if I have 20 kills; if I don’t win, I’m going to smack my desk. I think the SBMM system is going to turn some of the high and mid-tier players away from public Fortnite matches, which is bad for the long-term health of the game.

Apart from some streamers who can get stream sniped more easily with the new matchmaking system, the competitive community seems to be behind SBMM. Some agree that it’s just become Arena without siphon and points, but most of the competitive community seems to be behind the change. I don’t agree.

Frequent Changes

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Fortnite is an ever-evolving game, and Epic needs to make changes to keep players coming back. They have added hundreds of map locations, items, vehicles, and weapons to Fortnite since the game came out, and it’s what keeps bringing people in.

The best example of this, in my opinion, were the changes brought in by Season X. Competitive players disliked most of the adjustments made to the map this season. I wasn’t a huge fan of turning into a toilet in Moisty Palms or getting overwhelmed by zombies in Retail Row either, but I agree with the reason Epic is making these changes.

Over time, I grew to like hiding in plain sight. I enjoyed the Taco Time mechanic – especially once they reduced the duration.

Epic gets a lot of flack for changing things or adding new items rather than fixing bugs. This criticism is fair – as are the complaints about making game-changing moves before major tournaments.

Still, as a whole, Fortnite has the unique ability to evolve faster than almost any other game out there. I like that part about it.

The Heavy Sniper

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My take on the Heavy Sniper is very similar to my take on the Combat Shotgun. I like the weapon, and I think there’s a need for a gun that will one-shot structures.

Generally, snipers are considered a low-skill weapon in Fortnite. Pretty much everyone has been involved in a build battle, only to be sniped from 150 meters away by a kid hiding in a bush. It’s the worst, but it’s part of the game.

I do agree that the damage on the Heavy Sniper should be nerfed to under 150. You shouldn’t get one-shot by a Heavy Sniper bodyshot when you have 150 HP, but a lot of competitive players are calling for the Heavy Sniper to be vaulted.

I strongly disagree with this take, and I think the Heavy Sniper plays an essential role in Fortnite at all levels. Nerf the damage? Sure – but don’t remove it from the game.


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I liked Ballers, especially in retrospect.

In Season 10, Ballers were replaced with the BRUTE – a vehicle that pretty much everyone hates. Sure, there were a few new players who could finally get some kills with the mech, but no one else thought it was good for the game.

The Ballers had their problems – particularly in pro-level play. They would dominate late-game rotations. If you had one, you could fly by opponents and laugh as they wasted their materials trying to tunnel.

The topic of Ballers highlights the true need for separate loot pools in Fortnite. Ballers weren’t an issue in public matches. They were phenomenal for rotation but didn’t have much of a use other than that. You wouldn’t see many players camping in a box with a baller in pubs.

The competitive community hated Ballers when they were in the game. Now that we’ve seen the mechs, though, I think even the loudest anti-Baller voices would rather revert back to the Season 9 meta.

So, there you have it: five topics with which I disagreed with the Fortnite competitive community. Of course, the community is not one voice, and many hardcore and competitive players likely agree with some of these points (especially on the topic of skill-based matchmaking).

Let me know what you think in the comments. More hot takes incoming, so get used to em!

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.



Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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All Fortnite Season 6 Exotic Weapon locations

Fortnite Season 6 is here, and only a few Exotic weapons made it. Here are all Exotic weapon locations for the new Fortnite season.




Fortnite Season 6 marked the return of Exotic weapons to Fortnite. Not all of the Season 6 weapons are there, however, and they’ve moved locations.

There’s no shortage of new mechanics in Fortnite Season c, with the addition of crafting, the map changes, and a whole lot more.

Mythics have returned to the game in Season 6 but in a limited capacity. The only classic Mythic items in Fortnite Season 5 include the Spire Jumpboots and the Spire Assassin’s Primal Shotgun.

What’s more, Epic added craftable items to the game that allow players to create unique weapons out of existing parts. For instance, a Mechanical Bow and two Shockwave Grenades make the Shockwave Bow – a massive upgrade from both weapons.

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Fortnite Season 6 Exotic weapon locations

Exotic weapons have returned to Fortnite Season 6, but not as many as we had in Season 5. These will be supplementary items rather than the focus of the season, which appears to be on the new crafting mechanic.

Many of the NPCs who sold these items in Season 5 have also either moved locations or don’t sell them anymore, so a new guide is needed. Here’s a map of all of the Season 6 Exotic weapon locations.

As you can see, there are seven Exotic weapons and items currently available in Fortnite Season 6. These are the:

  • Hop Rock Dualies: sold by Gutbomb in Logjam Woodworks
  • Chug Cannon: sold by Slurp Jonesy in Slurpy Swamp
  • Shadow Tracker Pistol: sold by Power Chord in Dance Club Cabin
  • Marksman Six Shooter: sold by Deadfire northwest of Lazy Lake
  • Grappler Bow: sold by Lara Croft in Stealthy Stronghold
  • Unstable Bow: sold by Rebirth Raven northwest of Sweaty Sands
  • Raz’s Mythic Explosive Bow: dropped after eliminating Raz at The Spire

The good news is that, unlike last season, all of the NPCs that sell Exotics only spawn in one location – at least, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as Epic add more Exotics to Fortnite Season 6. We expect to see them takes things further as the season goes on, so stay tuned to more news on Exotic weapons.

Image Credit: Epic Games, Fortnite.GG

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May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes Save The World and Spotify Premium

The May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes the exclusive Deimos skin set, the original Save The World mode, and three months of Spotify Premium.



Fortnite Crew Deimos Skin

Fortnite revealed the upcoming May 2021 Crew Pack which comes with a membership exclusive skin, the game’s original Save The World mode, and Spotify Premium.

Epic Games introduced the Fortnite Crew Subscription service during Chapter 2 Season 5. For $11.99 USD a month players would receive an exclusive skin set, 1,000 V-Bucks, and instant access to the current season’s Battle Pass.

As Fortnite has continued the service, it has also sweetened the deal by including memberships to other subscription services like Disney+. For the month of May, subscribers are being offered more for their money than ever before.

The May Fortnite Crew Pack will offer the Deimos skin set which comes with a pickaxe, back bling, and weapon wrap. This also includes Deimos’ green skin variants and a loading screen background. Fortnite’s Deimos is a modernized depiction of the Greek god of dread.

Deimos will also be introduced as a playable character in Fortnite’s original Save The World game mode. Fortnite launched in 2017 with only the Save The World mode but was popularized when the Battle Royale mode launched a few months later. May Fortnite Crew members will also gain permanent access to Save The World.

Subscribers are also being offered three months of Spotify Premium for free. However, this offer is only available to new Spotify Premium customers. Existing or previous customers will have to create a new account if they want to redeem this offer. The offer expires on June 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST.

The May Crew membership comes with the normal monthly benefits such as access to the Battle Pass and 1,000 V-Bucks. Epic Games stated that every Thursday during the month of May, Fortnite Crew members would receive special in-game bonuses.

While the weekly benefits remain a mystery, it will be interesting to see what Fortnite has in store for players. The May Fortnite Crew pack is offering the best deal yet and weekly challenges/rewards will only add more value. We’ll keep you posted about the weekly Crew bonuses whenever they’re announced.

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